Fashion of Haven

Fashion in the Haven System tends to play a delicate balance between the medieval Reversion and the simple functionality of modern trends. Each gender has its own gallery of concept art that has inspired the fashion of Haven.

Men's Fashion

Formal Fashion

Formal situations mean medieval shirts, doublets, jerkins, and the like. Very few men wear tights, with most instead wearing tailored pants of various materials. They are, however, crafted of all sorts of advanced materials in addition to silk and leather, including water impervious materials, color-changing fabrics, synthetic weaves, and more. Metallic thread is featured among many richer outfits. Tall boots are the standard for military men, while some more political figures wear low cloth shoes.

For nobles, most public situations are considered formal ones, but the level of formality is entirely based on the outing.

Informal Fashion

In more informal situations, men tend to ignore the need for a doublet or jerkin, going with a simple shirt and pants. Many men wear undershirts beneath their lace-up, button-up, or pullover shirts, but they would not allow it to be seen except in the most informal of settings.


Here are some examples or concepts for men's fashion.


Women's Fashion

Formal Fashion

Formal situations mean dresses and gowns of medieval design. Due to advanced technology, the level of intricate details and tailoring techniques are equally advanced. While corsets and bodices provide a popular aesthetic, dresses take on a wide variety of silhouettes and are crafted in various fabrics; silk and lace are popular, though color-changing fabrics are equally so. Hem length never comes above the knee in both formal and informal fashion. Levels of wealth are represented in the intricacy of embellishments. Formal footwear can include boots and pumps with a variety of heel heights.

For nobles, most public situations are considered formal ones, but the level of formality is entirely based on the outing.

Informal Fashion

In more informal situations, women tend toward pants, various styles of tunics, and more versatile footwear. As the same with formal fashions, levels of wealth are represented in the intricacy of embellishments. Hooded overcoats or cloaks are rather typical outerwear. Textiles can vary, though lace and silk are usually minimized to accents. Informal footwear can include boots and flats.


Here are some examples or concepts for women's fashion.


Citizen vs. Noble Fashion

Since there is a relatively minor wealth gap between rich Citizens and poor nobles, the gap in fashion is relatively minor as well. Though most Citizens may not be able to afford the higher-end fabrics and embellishments, clothing styles are quite similar. The real difference lies in which situations are deemed formal or informal. For nobles, most public situations are formal ones (though there are levels of formality), while this is the opposite for Citizens who most often dress in informal attire.

Citizens who strive to blend in with their noble counterparts tend toward more formal attire on a daily basis. It is very unusual for a noble to wear informal attire in public settings, and one who does so frequently may find themselves shunned by formal noble society (except for nobles in the Arboren Paramount and their vassals, who tend toward more informal, outdoorsy attire).


Military Uniforms

Royal Navy Uniforms

The uniform of the Royal Navy is simple and utilitarian, while still retaining a few touches of medieval style. It consists of a double-breasted jacket with high, mandarin collars, flat-front pants, a leather belt, and knee-high leather boots, all in black. The front of the jacket overlaps to the right, and is sealed with a row of hidden buttons. The inside of the jacket — visible when the front is unbuttoned and left to hang open — is a dark gray.

Rank is designated by pips on both sides of the collar. Sailors have no pips on their collar. Sergeants have a single black pip with a silver rim on each collar, Lieutenants have a single black pip with a gold rim on each collar, Captains have a single gold pip on each collar, and Admirals have two gold pips on each collar. Uniforms are otherwise unadorned except for nobles, who are allowed to wear a small pin with the insignia of their house on the left side of their chest.

Dress Uniform

The dress uniform of the Royal Navy is the same as the dress uniform with just a few minor changes: The jacket is longer, with the waistline extending down in the back to form tails. Captains wear a single silver aiguillette on the left shoulder, and have silver piping along the breast-fold of their jacket and the outside of their pants legs. Admirals wear a single gold aiguillette on the left shoulder, and have gold piping along the breast-fold of their jacket and the outside of their pants legs.

House Military Uniforms

House military (footmen, cavalry, archers) wear appropriate armor in House colors when appropriate, and a uniform identical to the Royal Navy uniform in House colors when on duty but not wearing armor. Likewise, they have a dress uniform, although only Captains wear aiguillettes or have piping on their dress uniforms as there is no permanent rank equivalent to a Royal Navy Admiral.

Wearing Armor and Carrying Weapons

It is exceptionally rare and highly frowned upon for anyone to wear armor in casual settings. Unless they are soldiers on duty or have been given a specific task that requires it, anyone wearing armor in public will be treated as someone today might treat a person wearing a flak jacket to the mall — with suspicion and wariness.

Weapons are far more accepted among nobles and knights, although anyone can carry a knife or dagger. Nobles and knights will not draw a second glance if they carry a sheathed sword or other hand weapon, although someone carrying a spear, polearm, or ranged weapon in a public place will get the same reaction as someone wearing armor (bows are more accepted in Arboren).


Chantry Fashion

Priests — including Archpriests and Elders alike — have adopted the the cassock as their primary garment while attending to the affairs of the Chantry. They are crafted from light-weight fabrics whose colors help denote rank within the Priestly Order. Novices wear dove grey cassocks, Priests wear black, Archpriests wear black with a satin lining that matches the predominant color of the House their chantry serves, and Elders wear white.

The cassocks include an exterior, ankle-length robe with a series of cloth-covered buttons that seal the upper two-thirds of the garment all the way to the mandarin collar. The lower third is left loose and open, revealing the similarly black pants — or skirt if a woman priest so chooses — beneath. Shoes are modest and comfortable to allow for most any situation. The cassock itself is tailored to each individual, providing clean lines. On the left breast of the cassock is a electro-treated patch that allows the priest to display either the Chantry symbol or an individual God's symbol depending on the task at hand. For example, a Priest committing a dead loved one to the Necropolis would have either the Sage or Crone symbol active.

Each Priest is given a hooded robe to wear over his or her cassock. These robes are the same color as their cassocks. Each hem of the robe has a thick band of embroidery whose design is completely chosen by the individual priest. This allows for some self expression in an otherwise uniform fashion.

Priests are only required to wear their cassocks when performing official duties. When tending to their personal lives, Priests are permitted to wear whatever they chose so long as it remains modest.

A Note from the STAFF Concerning Fashion: When searching for inspiration or ideas for particular outfits and clothing choices, it is highly recommended you explore Star Wars (particularly the prequels), Lord of the Rings, Game of Thrones, and Chronicles of Riddick costuming. We have searched tirelessly through all manner of fantasy, medieval, and science fiction worlds in hopes of finding a single fashion type that truly encompasses the whole of Haven without success. Due to our eclectic theme, we have found it easier to provide you with examples to spark ideas for fashion design. Here are a few guidelines when describing your character's clothing:

  • Please avoid late 20th and early 21st Century styles. Clothing styles such as jeans, graphic t-shirts, zipper hoodies, and other fashion trends that are archetypical to our real world do not apply to this theme.
  • Shorts, cutoffs, and skirts above the knee are considered to be inappropriate in this theme.
  • Please be mindful of the difference between Medieval vs. Victorian fashion.
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